Locating the Middle Ages: The Spaces and Places of Medieval Culture (Kings College London Medieval Studies)

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eBook Title: Locating the Middle Ages: The Spaces and Places of Medieval Culture (Kings College London Medieval Studies)
ISBN10: 0953983870
ISBN13: 978-0953983872
Language: English
Publisher: King's College London CLAMS; UK ed. edition (December 20, 2012)
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
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Rating: 4.9
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Pages: 272 pages

This interdisciplinary collection of sixteen essays explores the significance of space and place in Late Antique and medieval culture, as well as modern reimaginings of medieval topographies. Its case studies draw on a wide variety of critical approaches and cover architecture, the visual arts (painting and manuscript illumination), epic, romance, historiography, hagiography, cartography, travel writing, as well as modern English poetry. Challenging simplistic binaries of East and West, self and other, Muslim and Christian, the volume addresses the often unexpected roles played by space and place in the construction of individual and collective identities in religious and secular domains. The essays move through world spaces (mappaemundi, the exotic and the mundane East, the Mediterranean); empires, nations, and frontier zones; cities (Avignon, Jerusalem, and Reval); and courts, castles and the architecture of subjectivity, closing with modern visions of the medieval world. They explore human movement in space and the construction of time and place in memory. Taking up pressing contemporary issues such as nationalism, multilingualism, multiculturalism and confessional relations, they find that medieval material provides narratives that we can use today in our negotiations with the past.

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